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Energy filled granola balls

I know I’ve been silent for a loooong time. Y’all know that the only permanent thing in life is change and my life is no different. I’ve transitioned from a part time job to a full time job. My family has been very supportive and understanding. My stress level is higher than in my old job as well as my responsibilities. I took the big step in November last year and I had to go thru four weeks of computer based training and mentorship. The only part that sucked was the 30 min. Commute drive to the training location in Murfreesboro, TN. Not bad compared to other people’s commute, like the one my husband had when we got married: a solid hour in the traffic slowly moving towards Nashville.

So everything was manageable, except the day I got a speeding ticket with several other violations to the law, including not caring my updated insurance card, temporary tags were expired, I was driving in the HOV line by myself and I almost cause a wreck when I freaked out when I saw the horrifying blue lights from the state trooper patrol… so it states wreckless driving and almost wrecks when changing lanes.

I cannot say enough times that this state trooper was very unforgiving with me and applied all the possible errors that I could ever commit when driving to work late after dropping my little nugget who refused to walk the steps to the daycare entrance. Pfffff… want to know how much am I supposed to pay? $635.00 dollars!!! A very expensive ticket if you ask me. It’s more than what I was doing a whole month at my part time job!! I cannot tell you how angry I was for being so dumb and drive fast. According to the state trooper’s radar I was doing 94 mph… I know, I shouldn’t be speeding that badly but I was running real late and… well, at the end I learnt my lesson, lost a gross amount of money paying a ticket and decided to learn how to use the cruise control of my new SUV, but if you ask me, it was a bit too late.

Anyway, let’s go back to the core of this food blog. The recipe that I’m going to share with you today is very easy to do and you will have it ready in 45 min, counting the 30 minutes you put the mold in the fridge, so let’s get to it!
Granola Protein Snack Balls & Bars.

Energy Filled Granola Balls
Yields 25
Prepare some energy filled granola balls in no time!
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Prep Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 4 cups traditional rolled oats
  2. 1 cup honey
  3. 1 cup of almond butter or peanut butter
  4. 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  5. 1 cup of pecans
  6. 1/2 cup of dried cranberries
  7. 1/2 cup of raisins
  8. 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  9. 1/2 cup of butterscotch chips
Instructions
  1. 1. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  2. 2. Add the wet ingredients
  3. 3. Mix the ingredients altogether by hand with a wooden spoon or in the stand mixer.
  4. 3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge for 30 min.
  5. 4. After 30 min, take the bowl out of the fridge and form little balls, about 1 1/2" inches and place them in a baking pan lined with wax paper.
  6. 5. Place the pan in the fridge for another 25 minutes.
  7. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. You can add as many dry ingredients as you want, I have to try with quinoa, amaranth, almonds, walnuts, etc, the combinations are endless!
Adapted from Tasty facebook page
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1. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl.

Dry granola ingredients
Dry granola ingredients

2. Add the wet ingredients

Wet granola ingredients
Wet granola ingredients

3. Mix the ingredients with a wooden spoon or in your stand mixer.

4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge for 30 min.

Place the granola mixture in the fridge
Place the granola mixture in the frige

5. After 30 min, take the bowl out of the fridge and form little balls, about 1 1/2″ inches and place them in a baking pan lined with wax paper.

You can also spread the misture in a casserole glass dish.

Spread granola mixture in the casserole dish
Spread granola mixture in the casserole dish

6. Place the pan in the fridge for another 25 minutes.

Enjoy!

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